Cliffs aims to partner with the Asia-Pacific communities in which it operates by;

  • Building capacity within communities
  • Enhancing lifestyle
  • Supporting communities with a "buy local" policy

Key communities are Southern Cross, which is located near our Koolyanobbing Operations, and Esperance, the port from where our ore is exported.

We will continue to work collaboratively with local communities and regulators to establish relationships and support activities that are of benefit to the communities in which the company operates.

Cliffs seeks to engage openly and honestly with communities and are committed to adding value over and above legislative and licensing requirements placed upon the company.

We aim to proactively establish and maintain relationships with community stakeholders, communicating with them both formally and informally– through presentations and discussions with local community organisations and NGOs, responses to individual inquiries and dialogue with local, state and federal government officials.

In 2013, community residents completed our bi-annual survey. In particular, community members were asked to comment on how Cliffs manages social and environmental impacts of our operations.

The survey results revealed 95% satisfaction with our efforts. After increased community engagement and a $9.9 million investment in road infrastructure in 2011, three of the highest ranking concerns in 2011 for Esperance residents -- traffic congestion, dust and noise associated with our port operations -- had significant reductions in the 2013 survey.

Cliffs Chronicle – Community Newsletter

Cliffs Community Surveys and Reports


Our Approach

Cliffs provides in-kind support and contributes to sponsorships and donations through the Cliffs Community Fund, which aims to support existing initiatives, foster new ideas and encourage development that enhance people’s lives.

Funding went to organisations that continue to support our local communities including, but not limited to:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Cannery Arts Centre
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Eastern Wheatbelt Declared Species Group.

Cliffs has also sponsored high-profile events such as:

  • Cliffs King of the Cross
  • Esperance Festival of the Wind
  • Keep Australia Beautiful ‘Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards.

Our employees have participated in community events such as Southern Cross and Esperance Agricultural Shows and have raised funds through involvement in events such as Movember, Make a Meal Program and the City to Surf.

In addition to sponsorship and donations, Cliffs tries to maximise opportunities for local communities to participate in our business. Students from Southern Cross District High School, Merredin, Esperance Anglican Community School and Esperance Senior High School have taken part in career development through career days and work experience on site.

Our operations attempt to employ locally where possible and the company pursues as buy local policy wherever possible when purchasing goods and services.

Cliffs Community Fund


Community Contributions

Supporting the Community

Indigenous Affairs

We engage in open and constructive consultation with indigenous groups that have traditional relationships with our areas of mining activity. Agreements with indigenous groups provide for economic sufficiency, identification and protection of heritage sites, and the development and implementation of cultural awareness programs for our employees and contractors.

Cliffs operates with full regard to legislative requirements for ensuring heritage areas are respected and due process is followed.

Environmental Stewardship

We are actively engaged in innovative projects and programs that will enhance our environmental performance while stimulating economic growth and community development –positive outcomes for Cliffs, our customers and local communities that reflect the essence of sustainability.

Cliffs’ environmental staff consult and communicate formally through a number of forums, meetings and committees. A notable example is the Koolyanobbing Operation’s Community Consultation Group (CCG), a committee that includes environmental and community stakeholders. The CCG meetings provide these stakeholders with an opportunity to review and comment on the environmental and community aspects of Cliffs’ mine operations.

Learn more about our environmental stewardship efforts on our Asia Pacific Environmental Stewardship page.

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